Introduction: The Capital Ring Walk
It’s easy to forget just how green London is – this engaging walk offers a chance to savour some of the capital’s most glorious scenery. 15 easily walked sections divide these 78 miles of open spaces - magically retained within London’s suburbs as Metroland spread outwards - and leave you free to enjoy it all at your own pace.
Along the way the commons and open spaces form important nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest and there are over 50 surprising places to discover: from the Art Deco splendour of Eltham Palace to historic Abney Park Cemetery. You can picnic in the splendour of metropolitan parks that are once grand country estates or wind your way through parcels of tranquillity under the canopy of the Great North Wood.
What ever your age you'll enjoy looking out for those industrious Wombles as you cross Wimbledon Common and tracking deer as you roam through Richmond Park. There's plenty of waterside walking too along the Thames, it's tributaries, the man made Grand Union Canal and the 17th Century New River (which continues to supply London's drink water) - and it's all with 10 miles of Charing Cross.